HOLLYWOOD—10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year 2019! What a year it has been. A year of learning, awareness, growth and maturity. The end of the year is near and there is still hope. If you are reading this, whoever you are, I just want you to know and realize, that your story is still going. Don’t give up on yourself. We are all stories still going of hope. Let’s make 2019, the best year ever, full of health, wealth and happiness.
What are the celebrities doing New Year’s Eve? Celebrities are just like us, however, they are famous and very wealthy and could afford to stay in a luxury ski resort until the New Year. Chrissy Teigen will wait for the ball to drop on NBC’s New Year’s Eve alongside Leslie Jones, Keith Urban and Carson Daly. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas will watch the ball drop with his brother Joe Jonas and fiancé Sophie Turner from a resort in the Swiss Alps. Kourtney Kardashian will ring in the New Year with her ex Scott Disick alongside his girlfriend Sofia Richie and his three children: Penelope, Mason and Reign.
They will spend the week in Aspen, Colorado. Yes, they can certainly afford it. They are not pretending to be wealthy, they are. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are spending the holiday with the rest of the Hemsworth family at a ski resort in Montana.
Lady Gaga kicked off the first night of her new Las Vegas residency on December 28. She’ll give a special New Year’s Eve performance on December 31. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will not be joining Kate Middleton and Prince William, instead they will keep things low-key and stay at the Sandringham House, where the two celebrated Christmas as well.
Let’s look at some of the things people do on New Year’s Eve, like the average Joe. Everyone wants to go to Times Square at least once in their life. An iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is not only a New York tradition, it’s a global phenomenon. (And it’s totally free!) An estimated one million revelers will flock to the land of LED screens to witness one of the best NYC events in December, which includes star-studded New Year’s Eve concerts, the inevitable surprise engagement and a chance to be featured on live television.
Note: It takes many layers of clothing, a strong bladder (no bathrooms) and a great attitude to enjoy the experience. If watching the ball drop and getting covered in confetti isn’t your thing, there are many other New Year’s Eve events worth checking out. However, it will cost money, everything inflates on that day. So you can also watch the ball drop from the comfort of your couch.
On the west coast, you can celebrate at Marina del Rey with a Glow Party & Fireworks Shows. At 7:00 p.m. they will have a Glow Party with fun activities for the whole family! Featuring live DJs, Dance Music, Dancers, Circuit Breaker Robot, Face Painting, Bubbles, Photo Booth, Free Giveaways, Food Trucks and More! Around 9:00 p.m. view the Times Square ball drop followed by an amazing 10-minute fireworks display.
At 11:59, the 30-second countdown to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Marina del Rey will be followed by another amazing 10-minute fireworks display. Watch the spectacular fireworks from Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village, or the many waterfront restaurants in Marina del Rey! It’s free admission, just check for times or any updates. Parking will cost around $8, however, the lots do fill-up.
If you stay home remember what the Spaniards do. Remember to usher in the New Year by eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on December 31. The tradition promises prosperity and good luck throughout the coming year, and who couldn’t use a bit of good luck? The challenge is that you must eat all 12 grapes before the clock stops chiming at midnight. If you don’t have a clock that chimes out the hour, there are smartphone apps you can download to supply the chimes. Make sure to get your grapes down in time—you don’t want to risk an unlucky year! For the sugar lovers, try making sparkly donuts it would make a perfect New Year’s Eve treat, or a great breakfast for New Year’s Day! Serve with plenty of edible glitter and a big glass of milk to wash them down.
Rose’s Scoop: Wishing everyone a very happy and safe, New Year filled with health, wealth, love and peace. Thank you for your continued readership. It marks my 18th anniversary writing for this publication!